Eleanor Brown, Student Wellbeing Team
How I work
I would describe my approach to my therapeutic work as integrative humanistic, influenced by other approaches, principally Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. I am therefore able to work flexibly with the needs of the individual client.
I identify strongly with the Person-Centred approach which emphasises the counselling relationship and provides clients with an opportunity to develop a sense of self wherein they can realize how their attitudes, feelings and behavior are being negatively affected.
Areas of interest
I have a particular interest in helping clients manage transitions, which are often perceived as times of crossing from something old and familiar to something new and unfamiliar. This may be something voluntary, like moving to a different home or choosing a particular degree and lifestyle, or involuntary, like an accident, illness or bereavement. The student life cycle involves several transitions; some examples are: leaving family and home to come to University, often in a new city, adjusting to a new environment, managing household and academic responsibilities as an adult, building a more independent sense of self at practical, emotional and relational level, beginning and ending relationships, being faced with decisions about the future, career options and so on and finally leaving University in order to explore possibilities in the world.
I have also been developing my interest in mindfulness both professionally and personally, over the last 3 years or so.
My background and qualifications
I gained Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling in 2011 and went on to gain my Masters in 2012, focusing my research on how implementation and use of outcome measures pre, post and during therapy with clients impacts the therapeutic relationship and the professional development of the trainee counsellor. I have worked in a number of academic settings including Secondary Schools, a 6th Form College as well as both Newport and Cardiff University counselling services. In the Summer of 2012 I undertook additional training in online counselling and joined the newly established online counselling service at the University, which has now grown to a team of four. We provide email, instant messaging and webcam counselling to those students and staff on placement abroad, and outside of Cardiff, or who have difficulty attending face to face counselling due to course demands, caring commitments or physical or mental health issues.
I joined the Counselling Team at Cardiff University as an associate Counsellor in 2009 and now work full-time as a counsellor and member of the newly formed Student Wellbeing Team, whose aim it is to promote psychological wellbeing amongst students and to offer low intensity but effective first-step interventions.